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No. 575 Squadron RAF
Active 1 February 1944 - 15 August 1946
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg Royal Air Force
Type Inactive
Role Transport
Motto The air is our path
Squadron Badge A hand couped at the wrist, supporting a terrestrial glove[1]
Squadron Codes I9 (Feb 1944 - Aug 1946)

No. 575 Squadron RAF was a transport squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.



The squadron was formed at RAF Hendon on 1 February 1944 from elements of 512 Squadron. It moved straight away to RAF Broadwell to work-up as a tactical transport squadron with the Douglas Dakota. The squadron's first operations were leaflet raids on France, on the eve of D-Day it dropped 5 Para into the invasion drop zone. On the 6 June it towed 21 gliders into France. In the next few weeks it started a casualty evacuation service from France back to England. In September 1944 it was involved in operations at Arnhem were it suffered severe casualties.

After the end of the war the squadron began flying to and from India from RAF Melbourne in Yorkshire and later from RAF Blakehill Farm. In January 1946 it moved to RAF Bari in Italy to operate an internal service within Italy. It was disbanded at Bari on 15 August 1946

Aircraft operated

From To Aircraft Version Notes
Feb 1944 1946 Douglas Dakota Mk.III
Jun 1944 May 1945 Avro Anson Mk.I
Mar 1945 Aug 1946 Douglas Dakota Mk.IV


See also




  1. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 235.
  2. ^ Rawlings 1982, p. 236.
  3. ^ Halley 1988, p. 413.
  4. ^ Jefford 2001, p. 98.


  • Halley, James J. The Squadrons of the Royal Air Force & Commonwealth, 1918-88. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-85130-164-9.
  • Jefford, Wing Commander C.G., MBE,BA,RAF (Retd). RAF Squadrons, a Comprehensive Record of the Movement and Equipment of all RAF Squadrons and their Antecedents since 1912. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84037-141-2.
  • Rawlings, John D.R. Coastal, Support and Special Squadrons of the RAF and their Aircraft. London: Jane's Publishing Company Ltd., 1982. ISBN 0-7106-0187-5.

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